Carmel police charged one man with keying a car and having an active bench warrant and another with assault and disorderly conduct May 26.
Around 10 p.m. Saturday, officers Stephen McCabe, Laura Smith and Sgt. John Dearman responded to the area of East Lake Boulevard on a report that a person in a group had been asked to leave a local tavern and that another member of the group had keyed a parked car, according to a police report.
After police arrived and confronted the group, a member of the group tried to walk away, according to the report. The person, identified later by passport as Jason Buckley, 27, of Cortlandt, was apprehended down the street by McCabe as a possible suspect.
When he was returned to the group, witnesses said it was not Buckley, but his friend, Mitchum Williams, 27, of Lake Carmel, who had damaged the car, police said.
Williams was arrested and charged with criminal mischief fourth degree and was also wanted on an active bench warrant for failure to appear. He was arraigned by Town Justice Joseph Spofford and remanded to the Putnam County Jail in lieu of $1,500 bail.
During the arrest Buckley accused McCabe of not returning his passport and became angry, according to police. McCabe advised him that he had apparently dropped it in the roadway when he was transported back to the scene and offered to help him search for it, police said. The passport was found while Buckley continued to yell and curse. Buckley then threw a closed fist at McCabe, attempting assault, according to the police report.
Buckley was subdued and arrested with charges of assault third and disorderly conduct. He was arraigned and remanded to the Putnam County Jail in lieu of $250 bail.
Both defendants are due in court at 6 p.m. June 6 before Town Justice Joseph Spofford.